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Pinzon by Amazon
400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton
Utopia Bedding
Fitted Sheet, 100% Cotton
Elegant Comfort
1500 Thread Count
Royal Opulence
Divatex, Satin
MALOUF
Double Brushed Microfiber
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Easy to clean and maintain. 100 percent Egyptian cotton. 400 thread count and sateen stitching.

Fade-resistant. Comfortable and durable. Easy to clean and maintain.

Breathable, body-conforming microfiber. Excellent ventilation and moisture wicking.

Sheets have a slick, satin feel and a high-end appearance. Price is low.

Tight but breathable weave discourages mites and allergens. Fade-resistant. Available in many shades.

Bad

May be stiff and scratchy during first two weeks of use. Pilling is sometimes a concern.

Percale weave is more coarse than some other materials. Lower thread count.

Some wrinkling and color loss over time.

Lower thread count (230). Sheets should be pre-washed to prevent black dye transfer.

Some problems with pilling. Sheets are thinner than some customers would like.

Bottom Line

A professional-grade bed sheet set at a consumer-friendly price. The best of all bed linens.

An affordable fitted sheet that, in spite of a lower thread count, is surprisingly comfortable. The best budget deal.

A comfortable synthetic sheet set that, unlike some microfiber competitors, is neither hot nor restrictive.

A cool, comfortable sheet set with a budget price and the look/feel of upscale satin.

Great for pet owners, this luxury sheet set is comfortable, durable, and allergen-resistant

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Best Bed Sheets

Bed sheet sets can be both functional and decorative, so customers need to consider a number of factors before committing to a final purchase. Some bed sheets may be beautiful to look at but not very comfortable for sleeping. Others may have a high Egyptian cotton thread count and a smooth finish but little aesthetic appeal. Each of the bed linen products on our shortlist successfully integrates form with function. The market's top five contenders are:

Products we Considered

Pinzon by Amazon
400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton
Utopia Bedding
Fitted Sheet, 100% Cotton
Elegant Comfort
1500 Thread Count
Royal Opulence
Divatex, Satin
MALOUF
Double Brushed Microfiber

Considerations

Construction Material

Quality bed sheets can be constructed of natural and/or man-made materials. Some consumers seek the durability of Egyptian cotton; others prefer the softness of polyester microfiber or the easy maintenance of a poly/cotton blend. In this part of our review, we note the pros and cons of each product's materials. Whenever possible, we also look at available dye colors and other construction elements.

Comfort and Thread Count

Many consumers are familiar with the notion that a higher thread count yields a higher level of comfort. However, there are other factors to consider as well. Stitching style, finish, and the type of fabric used (Egyptian cotton, mercerized cotton, microfiber) impact comfort. In this section, we carefully examine each of our top contenders in terms of overall comfort.

Ease of Maintenance

Most bed sheet sets can be tossed into a standard washing machine when necessary, but some require special treatment to maintain their quality and appearance. In this section, we consider such issues as colorfastness, pilling, and wrinkling. We also address any other maintenance or cleaning concerns expressed by current owners.

Price

When it comes to bed sheets, a higher retail price point often corresponds with a higher level of comfort. However, this isn't always the case. Some bed sheets with a relatively low thread count (300 or less) can feel very soft if the finish weave is done well. Expensive bed sheet sets are often deeply discounted during special linen sales. Comparison shopping is useful, and we urge consumers to consider aesthetic as well as functional elements when shopping for bedding.

Considerations

Construction Material

Pinzon Hemstitch 400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set

The Pinzon Hemstitch Cotton Sateen Sheet Set (fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two standard pillow cases) features 400 thread count Egyptian cotton with a sateen finish stitch. (A sateen stitch uses a four-over-one design that keeps more of the material on the surface. A typical percale stitch, by contrast, can be much more coarse.) Pinzon Hemstitch sheets are durable enough to withstand regular machine washing, but they do need to be conditioned with fabric softener or other treatments several times before they lose all of the heavy starch added by the manufacturer. Pilling is also a concern, but this is a common problem with any brand of cotton sheets.

Utopia Bedding Fitted Sheet, 100% Cotton

The Utopia Bedding fitted sheet is made from 100 percent mercerized cotton, which means it should remain colorfast and fade-resistant through many washing cycles. The sheet uses a percale weave that some people do not find to be as comfortable as a sateen finish. The elastic straps can accommodate mattresses as deep as 15 inches, but we do not recommend using this fitted sheet on a mattress any deeper than that. The Utopia Bedding Fitted Sheet is available in a number of attractive colors.

Elegant Comfort ® 1500 Thread Count

There is some confusion as to the type of material used to produce the Elegant Comfort 1,500 Thread Count Sheet Set, but we are satisfied that it is, indeed, a polyester microfiber. Although microfiber blends don't have the same reputation for quality as 100 percent cotton sheets, they're quite breathable and comfortable. Elegant Comfort sheets resist pilling and fading, and the fitted sheet is deep enough to easily accommodate a mattress of 18-19 inches in height. However, we do have a few concerns about the durability of the fitted sheet's elastic strapping.

Divatex Home Fashions Royal Opulence Satin Queen Sheet Set

The Divatex Royal Opulence Satin Queen sheet set (flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillow cases) is made from a polyester material designed to mimic true satin. The manufacturer displays the black version of this sheet set as a default, but it is also available in gold and ivory. Divatex bed sheets have a definite slickness to them that may or may not be a plus for consumers. We suggest a trial run at a local bedding store before investing in satin or faux satin sheets of any brand. Satisfied owners report that the flat and fitted sheet are initially cool to the touch, but they gradually provide more warmth as sleep progresses. Unlike sheets made from cotton or polyester microfiber, satin sheets do not tend to cling to the sleeper's body or clothing. We recommend these bed sheets to those who are looking for the comfort of "true satin" without the "true satin" price.

MALOUF Double Brushed Microfiber Super Soft Luxury Bed Sheet Set

The MALOUF Super Soft Luxury bed sheet set uses a "double brushed" form of polyester microfiber that creates a tight but breathable weave for optimal softness. The tightness of the weave discourages bed mites, fleas, and other allergens from taking up permanent residence. As is common with other bed sheet contenders, any size below Queen only includes one pillow case. We give high praise for the MALOUF's wide selection of colors and their colorfastness after purchase. We do have some concerns about the thinness of the sheet material, however. The breathable weave reduces overheating, but some consumers may be expecting thicker flat and fitted sheets.

The Utopia Bedding Fitted Sheet is available in a number of attractive colors.
Considerations

Comfort and Thread Count

Pinzon Hemstitch 400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set

Every element of the Pinzon Hemstitch bed sheet set is designed for maximum comfort, from the 400 thread count to the sateen stitching. However, users should expect a period of adjustment while the flat sheet and pillow cases lose their initial stiffness. (Some owners have complained about the sheets being too scratchy and prone to pilling during the first few weeks of use.) The manufacturer recommends a cycle or two of cold-water machine washing/air drying before installing the sheets for the first time. After a few weeks of use, customers tend to be very satisfied with their Pinzon bed sheets.

Utopia Bedding Fitted Sheet, 100% Cotton

The Utopia Bedding fitted sheet has a notably low 200 thread count. This usually indicates a substandard level of comfort, but many owners praise the Utopia fitted sheet for its softness and durability. The cotton material has been treated (sanforized) for stain resistance and other common issues, and pilling is a rare occurrence. The sheet may capture lint from clothing and blankets from time to time, and we wish the thread count were higher. Nevertheless, the Utopia Bedding fitted sheet does a good job keeping owners comfortable -- at a very affordable price.

Elegant Comfort ® 1500 Thread Count

Because Elegant Comfort bed sheets are made from a polyester microfiber -- not Egyptian cotton -- the 1,500 thread count is only an approximation. Some cheaper microfiber sheets have ventilation issues, but the Elegant Comfort sheet set uses a special weave that improves both breathability and moisture wicking. Because of this tight but open weave, the problem of pilling is virtually eliminated. Microfiber sheets offer a level of comfort not always found in 100 percent cotton sheets by conforming to the body during sleep. There may be some wrinkling and fading over time, but this should not affect the sheets' overall comfort level.

Divatex Home Fashions Royal Opulence Satin Queen Sheet Set

Many consumers seek bed sheets with a satin-like finish because they find 100 percent cotton sheets to be scratchy and prone to pilling. The Divatex Royal Opulence "satin" bed sheets address that issue very well, although some consumers may require an adjustment period. The thread count is a disappointing 230, but the satin finish and breathable weave help make the sheets feel noticeably more comfortable. As with other new sheet sets, we recommend washing the Divatex Royal Opulence set several times before their first use. Owners praise the Divatex bed sheets for their shiny, high-end appearance and opulent color palette. Other contenders may have a higher thread count, but they do not offer the look or feel of upscale satin like the Divatex bed sheet set does.

MALOUF Double Brushed Microfiber Super Soft Luxury Bed Sheet Set

Satisfied owners praise the softness of the MALOUF Double Brushed Microfiber Sheet Set. Microfiber sheets use synthetic yarns that are thinner than human hair, so the end result is a much softer weave than most cotton or silk bed sheets can achieve. A true thread count is not easy to ascertain, but as with our other top microfiber contender (Elegant Comfort), the equivalent count could be 1,000 to 1,500. Unlike some sheet sets that require a "break in" period, MALOUF bed sheets are extremely comfortable right out of the package. Because the MALOUF set's tight microfiber weave resists dust, pet dander, and other allergens, we highly recommend this sheet set to consumers who allow pets on their beds.

Owners praise the Utopia Bedding Fitted Sheet for its softenss and durability.
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Considerations

Ease of Maintenance

Pinzon Hemstitch 400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set

Pinzon Hemstitch bed sheets are very easy to maintain, but they often arrive heavily starched. As with many other white cotton products, we urge owners to wash and dry the sheets separately to avoid color bleeding from other items. The starch contained in the sheets and pillowcases helps reduce the formation of wrinkles, but we do have some concerns about pilling -- the unpleasant formation of tiny cotton "pills" that can feel scratchy against the skin. If needed, these pills could be addressed with a special shaving tool.

Utopia Bedding Fitted Sheet, 100% Cotton

When it comes to routine cleaning and maintenance, the Utopia Bedding Fitted Sheet couldn't be easier to manage. A standard, cold water wash followed by a low-temperature tumble dry is all that is required. We recommend washing this sheet separately to avoid any color transference -- at least until it has shed any excess dye. If a wrinkle-free appearance is desired, this100 percent cotton piece will hold up to hot ironing.

Elegant Comfort ® 1500 Thread Count

The Elegant Comfort Sheet Set withstands machine washing quite well, but we still recommend at least one washing cycle before its first use. Some owners report color loss and/or increased wrinkling over time, but others have been very satisfied with the product's overall durability and comfort. Because of their synthetic composition, Elegant Comfort bed sheets should not be ironed. If necessary, they could be air-dried on a line.

Divatex Home Fashions Royal Opulence Satin Queen Sheet Set

Despite its satin-like finish, the durable Divatex Royal Opulence bed sheet set is essentially made of a polyester blend. As such, it can be easily laundered in a standard washing machine. (We recommend running the set through at least one or two cleaning cycles before use. Some users who did not follow this preliminary step experienced the transfer of black dye to their skin or mattress.) Pilling is a rare problem with this satiny smooth set, but Divatex Royal Opulence sheets are prone to fading and wrinkling over time. These problems can sometimes be prevented with air drying and careful ironing.

MALOUF Double Brushed Microfiber Super Soft Luxury Bed Sheet Set

The MALOUF Super Soft Luxury bed sheet set is completely safe for machine washing and drying, but some consumers have raised concerns about excessive pilling during the wash cycle. Pilling is a common problem with bed linens, but some microfiber sheets are more prone to it. We suggest using the gentlest washing cycle available to reduce pilling. Colorfastness is a plus with the MALOUF; few consumers complain about excessive dye bleeding or color transfer. Even after repeated washings, the MALOUF's double-brushed microfiber tends to retain its softness.

The Pinzon Hemstitch Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set is one of the more expensive contenders on our shortlist, but satisfied owners say that the investment is well worth it.
Considerations

Price

Pinzon Hemstitch 400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set

At a retail price point of $47, the Pinzon Hemstitch bed sheet set is among our more expensive contenders. According to many satisfied owners, however, the end result is worth the investment. Bed linens with a thread count of 300 or higher are generally viewed as "luxurious;" the Pinzon's thread count is 400. Egyptian cotton is also a premium material, and sateen stitching is a more complicated process that yields a superior, "finished" result. Indeed, Pinzon delivers a professional-grade bed sheet set at a consumer-friendly price.

Utopia Bedding Fitted Sheet, 100% Cotton

As a single fitted sheet, the Utopia Bedding's retail price point of $24 is definitely a bargain for most consumers. (Additional items such as flat sheets and pillow cases can be purchased separately to complete the set.) It's not unusual for consumers to replace their aging bed linens one item at a time, starting with the fitted sheet. In terms of comfort and economic value, the Utopia Bedding fitted sheet is one of the first products consumers should consider when shopping for new bed linens.

Elegant Comfort ® 1500 Thread Count

For the low cost of $24, the Elegant Comfort 4 pc Sheet Set is an attractive alternative to cheaper percale sheet sets sold at the same price point. What's more, the equivalent 1,500 thread count provided by polyester microfiber is hard to duplicate with 100 percent cotton sheets at any price. Some microfiber sheets can feel hot or restrictive, but the Elegant Comfort's open weave helps consumers avoid those issues.

Divatex Home Fashions Royal Opulence Satin Queen Sheet Set

At a generous price of $30, the Divatex Royal Opulence bed sheet set is an enticing alternative to traditional cotton bed linens. Many consumers find cotton sheets to be abrasive and prone to wrinkling. Bargained-priced microfiber sheets, on the other hand, can easily be damaged and are sometimes too "smothering." Polyester sheets with a satin-like finish provide the comfort of microfiber and the easy maintenance of cotton. True satin bed sheet sets can be prohibitively expensive, but the Divatex Royal Opulence Sheet Set provides the luxurious appearance of satin or silk at the low retail price point of typical percale cotton.

MALOUF Double Brushed Microfiber Super Soft Luxury Bed Sheet Set

At $89, the MALOUF Microfiver Super Soft Luxury Bed Sheet Set is a bargain-priced alternative to cotton, satin, and silk. The brushed microfiber weave makes the MALOUF feel even softer than standard cotton sheets, and breathability is not an issue. Some people find the material to be exceptionally thin, especially when compared to cotton or polyester blends. However, the MALOUF sheets are very much appreciated by those who don't like the sensation of "heavy" bedding against their skin. Pet owners in particular will benefit from the allergen-resistant MALOUF Bed Sheet Set.

The Pinzon Hemstitch Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set delivers professional-grade quality at a consumer-friendly price.

Best of the Best

Potential buyers must consider several important factors when comparing bed sheet sets: thread count, ease of maintenance, and material type, to name a few. Among our top five contenders, one bed sheet set stands out as better than all the rest. That set is the Pinzon Hemstitch Sateen Sheet Set.

With a luxurious 400 thread count, Egyptian cotton composition, and soft sateen finish, the $47 Pinzon Hemstitch bed sheet raises the bar for all other bed linen manufacturers. Some bed sheet sets at this price point tend to emphasize quantity over quality. (Yes, these competitors might include a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillow cases. However, none of these pieces stand out for their quality alone.) This is not the case with the Pinzon. Every element of this bed sheet set is characterized by quality.

Owners are pleased with this sheet set's durability and delighted with its comfort. While it's true that there is a "break in" period in which the starched sheets might feel a bit scratchy and stiff, the starch typically fades with a few cycles in the washing machine. After this initial stage, owners agree that the sheets feel soft, cozy, and luxurious. You could replace your old bed linens one piece at a time, but with the high-quality Pinzon, it makes economic sense to buy the full set of bed linens at once. The price is great; the quality is even better. For all of these reasons, we declare the Pinzon Hemstitch Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set to be the Best of the Best.
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With a luxurious 400 thread count, Egyptian cotton composition, and soft sateen finish, the Pinzon Hemstitch Sateen Sheet Set raises the bar for all other bed linen manufacturers.

Best Bang for your Buck

Although the Utopia Bedding fitted sheet is only one item instead of a complete bed linen set, it is of such high quality and great value that we have deemed it the Best Bang for Your Buck.

Other bed sheet sets offered at the Utopia Fitted Sheet's price point ($24) may contain more pieces, but the quality is simply not there. Many would argue that the fitted sheet is the most important part of any good bed linen ensemble. That's because fitted sheets often endure the roughest treatment from users. Furthermore, they're usually the first piece in a set to require replacement. Consumers on a budget could feasibly invest in the high-quality Utopia Fitted Sheet initially, then respond to other bedding needs as they arise. In so doing, consumers save money while still enjoying an excellent product.

The Utopia Fitted Sheet is marketed at a 200 thread count. While that's not on par with other "luxury" sheets, owners report that this fitted sheet is far more comfortable than its thread count suggests. Pilling is still an issue, but careful machine washing and drying methods should keep it under control. The percale material is more coarse than luxury materials like Egyptian cotton, but the manufacturer has managed to create an exquisitely comfortable piece of bedding in spite of lower-cost materials. Owners also rave about the Utopia Fitted Sheet's deep pockets, strong elastic strapping, colorfastness, and stain resistance. In short, if you are in the market for a new fitted sheet, the Utopia may just fit the bill!
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If you are in the market for a new fitted sheet, the comfortable (and affordable) Utopia Bedding Fitted Sheet may just fit the bill!
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